The Communitech Podcast: Chris Eliasmith has a brain in a box

Friday, April 15, 2016

Communitech News

Communitech’s largest annual gathering, the Tech Leadership Conference, is now less than a month away. The Communitech Podcast is interviewing some of the upcoming speakers, talking this week to Dr. Chris Eliasmith. As Director of the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience at the University of Waterloo and a Canada Research Chair in Theoretical Neuroscience, Eliasmith knows enough about the brain to build one.

In fact, he did: It’s called Spaun and it’s is the largest functional brain model in the world. Now, Eliasmith and his new company Applied Brain Research are hoping to use their thinking machines to revolutionize computing.


Waterloo researchers among top in Canada

Chris Eliasmith writing on a whiteboardChris Eliasmith, Director of the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, received the prestigious John C. Polanyi Award  and is also an inaugural member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.

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How to Build a Brain

Chris Eliasmith’s team at the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience has built Spaun, the world’s largest simulation of a functioning brain. The related book is now available and for the full article Waterloo Stories.


This is a collection of coverage of work with Nengo (Neural Engineering Objects) that has appeared in the popular press recently.